2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit Announced

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will be hosting its sixth annual Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore, Maryland July 31 – August 1, 2012. The Summit – which is co-funded by the DHS National Protection & Programs Directorate’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (NPPD/IP) and SOCMA (Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates)  is a must attend event for security professionals and anyone with security responsibilities in the chemical sector.

It is an excellent forum to exchange information and best practices, learn the latest on chemical security regulations, and meet and interact with DHS and law enforcement officials. The 2011 Summit drew a record attendance of over 500 stakeholders and we expect this year’s Summit to be even bigger. As with years past, the Summit will have an early registration day and welcome reception on Monday, July 30. Note that DHS will no longer be holding demos and workshops for a full day following the Summit.

On Tuesday, July 31, I will be moderating a panel on Potential Threat Actors’ Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures. Specialists from DHS and industry will discuss how the international terrorist threat is changing in light of the death of Osama Bin Laden and the rise of “lone wolf” terrorists. Panelists will include Clyde Miller, Director of Corporate Security –BASF, Erin Hurley, Intelligence Analyst–DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and Dan Strachan, Director of Industrial Relations & Programs–American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM, formerly NPRA).

Other topics that will be covered at the Summit include voluntary DHS programs and resources, chemical security supply chain best practices, threats and vulnerabilities in cyberspace, how federal agencies coordinate security, Site Security Plan (SSP) lessons learned, and an Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) regulatory update.

Registration for the Summit is now available online. You can also view the preliminary agenda for additional details on the topics that will be covered at the Summit.

Ryan Loughin is Director of Petrochemical & Energy Solutions for the Advanced Integration division of ADT- www.adtbusiness.com/petrochem. He provides security education to CFATS and MTSA-affected companies and is a member of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Associates (SOCMA), Energy Security Council (ESC) and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Loughin has also completed multiple levels of CVI Authorized User training (Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information) which was authored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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